Washford Transmitting Station, Williton
Description: Washford Transmitting Station
Date Listed: 25 January 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 265042
OS Grid Reference: ST0778940970
OS Grid Coordinates: 307789, 140970
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1605, -3.3200
Location: Washford Cross, Watchet, Somerset TA23 0QB
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STO4SE WILLITON CP WASHFORD CROSS
2/272 Washford Transmitting Station
Radio transmitting station. Dated 1933, minor addition 1949. Architects Wimperis, Simpson and Guthrie for the British
Broadcasting Corporation. Load bearing concrete walls treated externally as Portland Stone, ashlar dado, cornice and
quoins, coursed punched stone, flat topped bitumen covered roof. Plan: long range, North-South, symmetrical down
central axis, facade end on; rectangular entrance block with battery rooms, 3 bay returns, behind is the square
transmitter room, top lit only with octagonal skylight, minor addition to left in similar style: this area vacant
(1983); behind this 2 rectangular blocks with 4 bay returns separated by 5 bay section with 2 bay block at North end;
this contains transmitting equipment currently in use (1983). Facade: 2 storeys, 3:1:1:1:3 bays, Crittall metal
windows, mullioned and transomed; symmetrical wings of 3 recessed window bays rising almost full height to cornice,
metal panels divide first and second floors, with 2-light windows flanking 4-light; recessed longer 3 bay facade with
4-light window flanked by 2-lights, 2-light windows below central double glazed metal doors in projecting flat-roofed
porch, unmoulded granite architrave dated 1933 with BBC logo above. Shallow stepped tablet centre, above
cornice, partially cut by rectangular moulded concrete panel with BBC coat of arms and motto: "Nation shall speak peace
unto nation". All rain waterheads on returns carry inscription "19 BBC 33". Windows of rear half now blank panels.
Interior: entirely functional, painted brick walls.
Listing NGR: ST0778940970
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